I posed the question: How are you looking at things differently this week than last due to serving cross-culturally?
Jeremy: I am experiencing more joy and appreciating the little things because I have seen the Spirit alive here in Nicaragua.
Christine: Being in Nicaragua has given me insight toward how I want to continue to help people in the future, not just by giving, but by teaching, sharing experiences and listening.
Lauren: The opportunity to return to Nicaragua has allowed me to make deeper connections with friends here, which I hope will lead to strong connections between our churches and countries.
Ben: I am seeking opportunities to learn and serve, to take advantage of the time to gain knowledge and relationships without the usual distractions of life.
John: There is such need in these people, but it is truly amazing how willing they are to drop everything to serve you. They truly understand the heart of Jesus.
Rhett: This trip has continued to open my eyes to keep myself humble and live in the same way regardless of culture.
Molly: Not using technology has shown me the importance of being present with people in the moment.
Nathan: My second trip to Nicaragua has shown me the importance of making new relationships with the people, and also the importance of reconnecting and renewing the old ones.
Tia: Meeting the locals in abundant love, just as Jesus did, gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “the beauty of simplicity.”
Sarah: This being my second time in Nicaragua, I felt dangerously complacent at first, not surprised or shocked by anything. But gently throughout the week, God is showing me the power and importance of living in the moment, being available and flexible, humbly disregarding concern for myself in exchange for giving God the time and space to work.
Jamie: The Nicaraguan people have shown me how to love. They have given undeserved love freely and fully, just like Jesus did.
Monica: I’ve come to realize that I need these people more than they need me.
Zach: God has shown me two major truths on this trip — that many of the material possessions I have and want detract from His will, and as long as we respond to His calling, He will equip us and surround us with believers to compliment our abilities.
Annaliesa: On my second trip, I have been reminded of the importance of consistency in my faith and in my relationships. It is amazing to see the differences that really can be made.
Madi: So far, this trip has been forcing me to reflect on my idea of “enough.” These people have enough to survive so clearly, and I don’t need as much as I am blessed with. However, this experience is giving me the ability to be even more thankful for my possessions.
Lynette: I am ever-amazed at how we have the energy for relationships and to accomplish seemingly impossible amounts of work when we place ourselves in the hands of an omnipotent God. To God be the glory for one awesome week.
On a free day today, several of us faced fears as we all went ziplining through the rainforest. What an amazing experience! Tomorrow is our last full day in Nicaragua. We will be hosting an outreach day at a sports complex, inviting students from a local school to come play and worship — to share life — with us.